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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3111
+1 239-395-2233
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Fantastic Indoor adventure

The kids had a wonderful time here! When we walked in we were told there was a shell crafting room... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Patrick N
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College Station
A MUST SEE and DO!!

This museum is wonderful!!! Great exhibits... Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Perfect amount... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
JCB1956
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DeLand, Florida
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An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world devoted to shells. Exhibits include shells in art and history, shell habitats, rare specimens, World Record size shells, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks. A half-hour video, Mollusks in Action, is shown on the hour, and a children's video is shown continuously. The museum store offers a wide selection of shell books
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3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3111
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+1 239-395-2233
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Reviewed yesterday

The kids had a wonderful time here! When we walked in we were told there was a shell crafting room so we were able to hot glue some little sea monsters, which was fun for all of us. The exhibits are nice and informative and...More

Thank Patrick N
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is wonderful!!! Great exhibits... Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Perfect amount of activities and talks. Don't miss the movies and the tank talk. I learned SO MUCH. We went there at the start of our stay on Sanibel and am glad we did. I...More

Thank JCB1956
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my visit to the shell museum, but I was a bit put off by the price. Compared to what you see at the Edison-Ford Museum in Fort Myers, this place is overpriced. I guess in my mind, I was thinking about what it...More

Thank wowgirl3
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

You'll be happy to know that we have a special summer price for Florida residents - one child free with a paid adult. So - we hope all our Florida friends will come visit soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

A very unique place that has something for everyone - no matter the age. Our kids (and the parents too) really enjoyed the tank talk. Part of the "talk" was about how to be advocates for the creatures that live in the ocean. So I...More

Thank tdebruin
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Don't throw those live shells back, but DO place them gently back in the water.

Reviewed 1 week ago

They display shells from around the world, marine biologists give tank talks with live mollusks, videos that demonstrate the lives of mollusks, hands on activities for all ages, the place was great

Thank cppptravel11125
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good way to spend some time wither out of the hot sun or on a rainy day. Very interesting exhibits. The docent talks also were informative. More shells than you can imagine!

Thank kaassouffle
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

More shells on display than at the Smithsonian!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to visit on a rainy day. Our teen grandson even enjoyed making shell animals! The scavenger hunt is a great idea and forces people to really "dig in". Liked the idea of outdoor seating also. The informational movie clip was interesting and...More

Thank Kathy S
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Kathy - Thanks for your review. We'll take another look at our programs to try to appeal more to teens. I appreciate your comments.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At first I thought, $15 is a lot for a small museum. But this museum really proved it's worth to me. There is an extensive collection of shells featuring information and interactive exhibits. There are also displays showcasing items made from shells, and ones explaining...More

Thank Mina M
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Mina - Thanks for your review. We try to pack a lot of activities into our Museum. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very Nice Museum, They had several interactive items for the kids and very educational for adults and children.

Thank mplank79
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We try to have something fun for visitors of all ages.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fun place to learn everything you want to know about shells. We really had fun making crafts. Included in the admission fee.

Thank Angela R
ShellMuseum, Executive Director at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I'm always amazed at the creativity our visitors bring to our shell crafting.

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don22cc
Is it wheelchair accessible ?
13 April 2016|
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Response from Shellicious | Reviewed this property |
Yes! They have an elevator.
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Albert R
Cost for museum??
15 March 2016|
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Response from MissouriMamaof3 |
$15/ adult
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